I have to admit that it took me a while to jump in and put in an order for "The Story Of Light" simply because whilst I admire and appreciate this exceptional musician, some of his recent output has been a little hit and miss and coming nowhere near the eclectic delights of his early studio albums. But, this is a return to form and with a bang! Not for many a year have I put an album into my player by Mr Vai that has had my jaw drop through the floor and the hackles rise on the back of my neck but this offering is near to bloody perfection as it gets...especially when played LOUD! It is all here, blues/rock/jazz even down to a choir - which on "John The Revelator" a notable traditional style blues number and "Book Of The Seven Seals" a rather wicked gospel outing, these songs fairly explode out of your speakers!
But it doesn't stop there! Oh no! We have acoustic delights and electric guitar played with the soaring heights of an angel and low down and dirty, smacking you rather hard in the solar plexus region with "Creamsickle Sunset", "Gravity Storm", "The Moon And I" and "No More Amsterdam" among the highlights. Certainly, within the 12 tracks here, not a single duffer that you feel the need to skip and it's been too long since I've been able to say that about an SV album!
If you, like me, have held back on purchasing this album because of the inconsistency of recent Vai offerings, just jump in and immerse yourself in the wonderful musical world of this stunning musician - The Story Of Light will leave you with a great big satisfied grin upon your face!